- Code NSPO8009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU National Security College
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject National Security Policy
- Areas of interest International Relations, Law, Information Technology, Security Studies, Strategic Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Roger Bradbury
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Autumn Session 2019
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Classes will be held on Apr 10, 12, 15, 17 in the Acton Theatre from 9:00am-5:00pm
The course examines the changing role of intelligence in the cyber age, and the profound national security policy implications that flow from that. It explores new and emerging sources of intelligence emanating from the interactions of people, machines and the environment as these interactions increasingly occur in cyberspace. It examines the new ways in which traditional intelligence is being merged with cyber-intelligence using big data technologies. The role and future of secret intelligence in a world awash with open source information is also analysed. As a course explicitly focusing on a challenge occurring at the nexus of domestic and international policy, this course offers an analytical window into the security challenges of the very near future.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Evaluate the dynamics of intelligence in the age of cyber.
2. Synthesise a body of knowledge of the role of intelligence in the age of cyber and its impact on national security.
3. Analyse the technical, social and political drivers of cyber-intelligence.
4. Demonstrate a good understanding of the interaction of these drivers through the application of theoretical constructs to practical case studies.
5. Demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation of the emerging forces shaping the future of cyber-intelligence through written and oral work.
6. Demonstrate an enhanced capacity to conduct independent research through written and oral work.
Indicative AssessmentPreliminary essay (1000 words) 20%
Research essay (3000 words) 50%
Examination (1000 words) 20%
Contribution to seminars 10%
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WorkloadOne two-hour seminar per week (over 12 weeks) with the expectation of a further eight hours per week of independent study
Preliminary ReadingBrown GD (2016) Spying and fighting in cyberspace: What is which? Journal of National Security Law and Policy 8
Cotton-Barratt O, Farquhar S, Halstead J, Schubert S, Snyder-Beattie A (2016) Global catastrophic risks 2016, Global Challenges Foundation & Global Priorities Project, Stockholm
Feakin T (2013) Enter the Cyber Dragon: Understanding Chinese intelligence agencies’ cyber capabilities, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra
Nye JS (2015) International norms in cyberspace Project Syndicate
The Economist (2015) A new age of espionage The Economist, London (1 August 2015)
The Economist (2015) What laws in the jungle? The Economist, London (1 August 2015)
Walsh PF, Miller S (2016) Rethinking ‘Five Eyes’ security: Intelligence collection policies and practice post Snowden. Intelligence and National Security 31:345-368
Cornish P (2015) Governing cyberspace through constructive ambiguity. Survival 57:153-176
Gartzke E, Lindsay JR (2015) Weaving tangled webs: Offense, defense, and deception in cyberspace. Security Studies 24:316-348
Inkster N (2013) Chinese intelligence in the cyber age. Survival 55:45-66
Krekel B, Adams P, Bakos G (2012) Occupying the information high ground: Chinese capabilities for computer network operations and cyber espionage, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Washington, DC
Lindsay JR (2015) The impact of China on cybersecurity: Fiction and friction. International Security 39
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolled in this course are assumed to have some knowledge of international politics and current affairs
Required skills: Analytical skills and written and oral communication skills of a high order.
Recommended courses: National Security Policy-making (NSPO8006) and National Security Concepts and Challenges (NSPO8007
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